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Art therapy day at 4TH SPACE

Thursday, September 19, 2019
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

This event is free




J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.

Room LB-103



Art therapy day at 4TH SPACE

Learn how art therapy can help people living with diverse emotional, psychological, physical, cognitive and social abilities through a cooperative process of discovery.


Information session: 10 to 11 a.m.
Attend this information session to get more information about the art therapy graduate program, admission prerequisites and application procedures.

Workshop: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
“Connective Clay Experiences: Pathways from Persons to Planet”

Led by Ellen Smallwood this workshop encourages clay-based mindfulness and poetic intentions to reconnect with our planet and promote personal and social sustainability and wellness. A discussion and brief overview of clinical, community, and theoretical implications will follow the art therapy clay workshop.

Smallwood is an art therapist experienced in clinical, research and community settings. She currently works at the Jewish General Hospital in youth and child psychiatry.

Workshop: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
“What is Sandplay Therapy?”

Sandplay therapy is a creative modality that uses symbols to access and restore the self. Led by Carmen Oprea, this workshop proposes an introduction into the main concepts of sandplay therapy. Participants will learn how and why sandplay therapy works and get to know more about the mechanisms of symbol manifestation.

Oprea is an art therapist who holds an master’s degrees in fine arts and art therapy from Concordia. She also completed a post-graduate training in sandplay therapy.

Workshop: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
"The Therapeutic Power of Art"

Led by Josée Leclerc, participants in this experiential workshop will have the opportunity to engage in spontaneous creative art making and experience the therapeutic power of artistic expression.

Leclerc is an associate professor and the art therapy graduate program coordinator in Concordia’s Department of Creative Arts Therapies. Involved in trauma work, Josée conducts research on the use of response-art to foster awareness of racist discrimination.

Poster session: 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Engage with art therapy professors from Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Discuss their research posters, art-based research projects and artworks.

Panel: 4 to 6 p.m.
“DeSeve Awards Students Showcase Art Hive Methods”

Students from the Department of Creative Arts Therapies will present the work they have been doing in the community during their internships and culminating research. A public conversation will follow.

Meet with Ingrid Wissink, Asako Miyahara Kando, Cassandra Brennan, Paula Duffy, Meaghen Buckley, Andrea Cook, Ellen Smallwood, Marbella Carlos, Valerie Saulnier, Ana Garcia and Stephanie Sing. Janis Timm-Bottos, associate professor of in the Department of Creative Arts Therapies, will moderate the panel.

This series of events is led by Guylaine Vaillancourt, associate professor and chair of the Department of Creative Arts Therapies at Concordia, organized in collaboration with Concordia’s Arts in Health Research Collective, and presented with the support of the Health Initiative at Concordia.

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